Verdi Il trovatore opera to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano and LeoneEmanuele Bardare. Directed 2013 by Philipp Stölzl. Stars Plácido Domingo (Count di Luna), Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Marina Prudenskaya (Azucena), Gaston Rivero (Manrico), Adrian Sâmpetrean (Ferrando), Anna Lapkovskaja (Inez), and Florian Hoffman (Ruiz). Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor Bersin (Chorus Master Martin Wright). Co-direction and choreography by Mara Kurotschka; set design by Philipp Stölzl and Conrad Moritz; costume design by Ursula Kudrna; lighting design by Olaf Freese; directed for TV by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!
Richard Fairman, writing in the November 2014 Gramophone (pages 93-94) praises the singers but abandons ship due to Philipp Stölzl's "childish production."
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